France bans unlimited drink refills

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France has banned unlimited sugary drinks in public eateries.

A new rule has outlawed free or fixed-price refills on soda and other sugary drinks in its latest effort to tackle obesity.

The law follows recommendations by the World Health Organization.

“Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of ‘free sugars’ and calories overall, improved nutrition and fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay,” the health agency stated in a release.

One in five adults in Europe are considered obese. In contrast, one in three adults in New Zealand are obese and a further 35% of adults were overweight but not obese.

The refill ban is just the latest health measure put in place by the French.

In 2014 the country banned vending machines from schools, and starting in 2011, school cafeterias were limited to serving French fries once a week. France has also imposed a soda tax.

2 Responses

  1. That does make sense, but if I was making that rule, I would say only one refill. But I still agree.

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